Cougars Hold First Scrimmage of Spring

April 3, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State football team held its first scrimmage of the spring season and both sides of the ball displaying positive signs.

'This is probably the most quality scrimmage we have had since we have been here in terms of depth on both sides of the line,' said WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff. 'It was crisp, a lot like practice on Thursday and our intensity level was solid the whole practice. It was the first time we have put back-to-back quality practices together. We are still missing a few veteran bodies out there obviously but there were a lot of really good things.'

The first scoring play of the day came when sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel connected with sophomore receiver Gino Simone for a 24-yard scoring drive down the right sideline. The play capped a 70-yard drive that began with Chantz Staden gaining the first 38 yards on four rushes and Marcus Richmond adding an eight-yard run prior to Simone's score.

Late in the scrimmage Staden added a five-yard scoring run over the left side, capping a day that saw the redshirt senior rush for 68 yards. The final drive of the day ended with redshirt junior quarterback Marshall Lobbestael finding redshirt sophomore tight end Skylar Stormo in the end zone for a six-yard score.

While the offense found the end zone three times, the defense had plenty to smile about. Four different players recorded sacks on the day, there were five tackles-for-loss, and redshirt sophomore Tyree Toomer and redshirt junior Aire Justin each intercepted passes.

'Defensively, I thought they did a great job,' said Wulff. 'They were very active and there effort was good. There is a lot of competition in there right now and its definitely going to make our defense better.'

For the day Staden had 68 yards rushing on 15 carries, while Richmond gained 61 yards on six carries, including a run of 40 yards after breaking through the line of scrimmage.

Tuel finished his afternoon connecting on 7-of-13 passes for 84 yards and a score while Lobbestael was 5-of-10 for 67 yards and one score. Both quarterbacks threw an interception.

Simone led the receivers with 63 yards on three catches, including the score, while Stormo also had three receptions for 37 yards and the touchdown. Six other Cougars each recorded a reception.

'As a team I feel like we have made a lot of progress,' said Wulff. 'I know where we have been and I know where we are at today. We are a much-improved football team and we are by no means where we are going to be but we're very optimistic. We have the right attitude going right now, an attitude that is going to allow (this team) to take steps of growth.'

The Cougars resume spring practice Tuesday at 3:40 on Rogers Field. The second scrimmage of the spring is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 10, at 10 a.m. on Martin Stadium.

STATISTICS

RUSHING: Chantz Staden 15/68 (TD), Marcus Richmond 6/61, Leon Brooks 11/20.
PASSING: Jeff Tuel 7/13/84/1TD/1INT; Marshall Lobbestael 5/10/67/1/1
RECEIVING: Gino Simone 3/63 (TD); Skylar Stormo 3/37 (TD); Esa Johnwell 1/22; Daniel Blackledge 1/14; Jared Karstetter 1/7; Marcus Richmond 1/5; Leon Brooks 1/3; Chantz Staden 1/0.

--wsucougars.com--
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